This week's events – Feb 6 – 12

February 6, 2017 | by Erin Sirianni

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Here’s our weekly round-up of events from February 6 – 12 on Mercer Island:

Story Times at the Library
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Join the Mercer Island Children’s Librarian for stories, songs, rhymes and fun in these 30-minute programs designed especially for you and your young child.

Tuesday, February 7
Young Toddlers (12 – 24 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Toddlers (2 – 3 years) – 11:30 am – Noon

Thursday, February 9
Infants (0 – 12 months) – 10:30 – 11 am
Preschoolers (3 – 6 years) – 1 – 1:30 pm

MIYFS Foundation Annual Breakfast
Wednesday, February 10, 7 – 8:30 am
Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St

You are invited! Please join the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation at one of Mercer Island’s most important community gatherings of the year.  The compelling personal stories shared by Islanders represent the profound impact the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Department has on people here in your community. Donations to MIYFS Foundation directly support the eight programs and services offered by the City. This year event planners are excited to announce our Master of Ceremonies: Bill Radke, host of KUOW shows “The Record” and “Week In Review,” and a Husky alum. He works on behalf of suicide-prevention by using his microphone and making sure journalism is part of the solution to bring mental health out of the shadows. Keynote Speaker Dr. Kevin Haggerty, PhD, is a principal investigator on a variety of substance abuse prevention research studies, and for more than 30 years has specialized in substance abuse prevention programs at the community, school and family-level.
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MIYFS Shop, Dine, and Stay Local
Wednesday, February 10 – Business hours
Locations listed below

Shop local for MI Youth and Family Services Foundation on February 8, 2017. The following local businesses are donating 20% of their February 8th sales back to MI Youth and Family Services Foundation.

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Storybook Corner
Wednesday, February 9, 10:30 am
Island Books, 3014 78th Ave SE

Bring your little ones in to enjoy popular picture books read by our staff or special guests.
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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Wednesday, February 8, 10:30 am – Noon
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

City Council Meeting / I-90 Access Update
Wednesday, February 8, 6 pm (originally scheduled on Monday, but rescheduled due to weather)
City Hall, 9611 SE 36th St

At its next meeting, the City Council will discuss and vote on next steps regarding its I-90/Light Rail negotiating tactics. Recent background on the issue can be found here in the City’s February 6th press release. The meeting format will include a short staff report, questions from Council, then a public comment period. There will be a sign-in sheet, and a limit of 3 minutes per person, as usual. If there are large crowds, we will arrange overflow seating.

Classics on Film Winter Series
Friday, February 10, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Aljoya – Theatre,  2430 76th Ave SE

This week’s film is the Wizard of Oz (1939). The Mercer Island Arts Council, with support from The Mercer Island Sister City Association, present the Classics on Film Series. Screenings begin with an introduction by film historian Lance Rhoades and end with a Q&A session. Free and open to the public, with refreshments provided courtesy of Aljoya. All films are presented with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated.

Planting Event
Saturday, February 11, 10 am – 2 pm
Island Crest Park, 5800 Island Crest Way

Want to make a difference in 2017? Great news! We are kicking off the 2017 season with more planting and invasive plant removal work parties scheduled in January and February! As always, bring your enthusiasm, a water bottle, and dress for the weather! We’ll supply the tools, supplies, and plants.

The COHO String Quartet
Saturday, February 11, 7 – 9 pm
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church is proud to present The Coho String Quartet. Featured will be music by Mozart, Borodin, Debussy, Sibelius, Ravel and Haydn. Please celebrate a moving evening of chamber music with us in our beautiful sanctuary.
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Youth Theatre Northwest presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR.
January 27 – February 12: Saturdays, 2 pm & 7 pm; Sundays, 2 pm
Closing Performance: Sunday, February 12, 3 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way

Willy Wonka, the secretive candy maker, offers an exclusive tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of candy to the five lucky winners who each find a golden ticket hidden in his chocolate bars. With every contest there are rules as well as severe consequences when those rules are broken. Can you pick out who will make it to the end of the tour in one piece? Based on the classic book and featuring songs from the 1971 film adaptation, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdiddlyumptious musical audiences (and Oompa Loompas) of all ages can enjoy.

Welcome Party for Julie Underwood, Todd Fiala & Family
Sunday, February 12, 4 – 7 pm
Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Dr

Join us as we welcome Mercer Island’s new City Manager, Julie Underwood, Todd Fiala, and their three boys to Mercer Island. We are hosting an open-house style party. Stop by and say hello and stay as long as you’d like!  Delicious small bites and beverages served. We would love for you to meet Julie and Todd and help us give their family a warm welcome to our community.
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Pepper Schwartz: The Science of Love
Sunday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Falling in love is mysterious, but there is science underlying human attraction! Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a relationship expert and author of “50 Myths About Human Sexuality,” will discuss the science of love. Schwartz will touch on the different theories of what makes people fall in love, conflicting styles of showing love, and how love and intimacy (sexual and sensual) can be renewed in relationships. Adults only. Followed by Q&A, book sales and signing. Dr. Schwartz, a professor of sociology at UW, has written and co-authored 25 books and is the author of over 50 academic articles on intimate relationships, marriage, love, and sex. Schwartz is the AARP Love, Sex, and Relationship Ambassador and one of four experts on the A&E Network TV show “Married at First Sight.”
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